The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command, has commenced psychological assessment for its arms-bearing personnel and recruits.
This, according to the command, became imperative to ascertain the level of the mental, emotional and psychological status of the NSCDC personnel.
The Commandant of Corps in Osun command, Emmanuel Ocheja, in a statement by Olabisi Atanda, stated that the evaluation is to forestall any unprofessional act of misuse of firearms that may emanate from any uncontrolled emotional outburst and to determine where the recruits will be placed professionally.
Ocheja urged the officers to pay rapt attention to details regarding the proper conduct of the examination.
Ocheja further reiterated the efforts, commitments and doggedness of the Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, in repositioning the Corps towards the enhancement of professionalism and promotion of excellence in service delivery.
The Head of Forensic and Psychological Services Unit, NSCDC, Osun Command, Deputy Superintendent of Corps (DSC) Stephen Oyebode who explained the primary essence of the assessment disclosed that robust mechanism had been put in place by the Unit to offer psychotherapy and psycho-social intervention to officers who may need assistance after a thorough analysis by the experts.
He further stated that the exercise is aimed at selecting the best capable hands who can be entrusted with arms and also to determine who will be placed in some sensitive departments and units.
The command spokesperson, Olabisi, said the evaluation will take place in batches so as to foster better opportunity for one on one interview with the seasoned experts.
Olabisi further stated that the Corps will not tolerate any excuse under the guise of accidental discharge.
“There is nothing called accidental discharge, as the process of firing a bullet entails certain fundamental principles,” she concluded.